Lean without Limits!

DELMIA Quintiq

Whether goals are revenue or sustainability, a major contributing ability is operational efficiency; the ability to make continuous improvements towards Lean processes. Making the journey towards being Lean involves using one of most important resources in the world – people! Although machines and material are components in Lean operations, the human element primarily drives improvements within organizations. There are many paths to achieving organization goals.

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A motor manufacturer’s warehouse space and on-hand materials were growing exponentially as it received, processed, and stored material for potential future use. Recognizing a need to extend its lean manufacturing program in o rder to tackle problem areas in the warehouse, the motor company partnered with LeanCor to optimize material flow and reduce production time losses due to parts shortages. Lean applies in every business and every process.

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How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? Let's first talk about first setting the stage, then give you practical practices and tactics to achieve a sustainable lean culture, and then provide core key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Lean Culture by Creating "Standard Work".

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Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. Lean systems have provided a formidable operating strategy for leaders determined to achieve and maintain optimal operational systems and customer satisfaction levels. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? Lean Manufacturing Planning and Implementation.

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

Lean principles focus on eliminating waste from business processes. Whenever decisions are made in purchasing, marketing, manufacturing, o r customer service, inventory levels across these asset types will be impacted. For example, it is extremely hard for an inventory analyst to attempt to reduce inventories when the manufacturing area is frequently changing production schedules without informing the inventory analyst of the changes. Lean is about the elimination of waste.

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

3 Tools to Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles. We often find companies (and suppliers to those companies) are skeptical of implementing lean manufacturing principles. If so, they have a field of opportunity for improvement through lean principles. Although the application of lean is virtually inexhaustible, here are three tools leveraging lean manufacturing principles to help you get started. By: Michael Burchett.

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Understanding Lean and the 8 Wastes

The Logistics of Logistics

Understanding lean and the 8 wastes is important for all operations people including logistics and supply chain folks. The concept of lean (and the 8 wastes) originated in the manufacturing sector where it was first recognized that eliminating waste in the system led to much bigger profits. Henry Ford and his team at Ford Motor Company discovered lean along with the assembly line, even though they didn’t necessarily use the term lean.

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Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing – From Paradox to Operational Excellence. Before we start talking about Lean Warehousing, can you tell us a little bit about LeanCor Supply Chain Group? We want to help our customers succeed in their quest for lean and operational excellence. Relative to our topic today, Lean Warehousing, is it a big part of your operations? What we know for sure is that lean warehousing, just by the nature of the term itself, can be a paradox at best.

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Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

Lean is a new way of doing business. For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. Lean thinking focuses on the elimination of all waste (where waste is defined as any non-value added process) and bringing value to the customer , beyond the customer’s expectations. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE.

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Lean Culture

LeanCor

Building a Lean Culture: A Food and Beverage Case Study. LeanCor has partnered with food and beverage manufacturers, distributors and resellers of an assortment of products ranging from bottled water and frozen dinners, packaged snack foods and candies, to refrigerated deli sandwiches. These are companies that embrace lean and recognize that the organization is only as good as its people. Lean Culture Current State: Customer Challenges in the Food and Beverage Industry.

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Lean Thinking Revisited

Operations and Supply Chain Management

One landmark in the lean revolution for retailers was Walmart ’s decision in 2006 to thin out inventory by $6.5 The supply chains for consumer goods in the U.S. remain under strain months after pandemic lockdowns triggered a range of sudden and surprising shortages.

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Three Ways Leaders Create Lean

synchrono

Three Ways Leaders Create Lean. Relentless” leadership and team empowerment drive lean change. For those of you who have not, this is important – leadership is the single most important component to lean success. . It is exciting to talk about bottom-up change and expect that a ground swell of individuals in virtually every level of the organizational chart can succeed with lean—in spite of those in the C-suite that just don’t get it.

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9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean. The Lean Supply Chain is a system of interconnected and interdependent partners that operate in unison to accomplish supply chain objectives. Flow in the lean supply chain begins with customer usage.

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Lean Six Sigma

LeanCor

What is Lean Six Sigma Logistics? Lean Six Sigma is the combination of two methodologies that complement one another when applied to logistics and supply chain management. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Lean and the Logistician. The impact of Lean on the logistician is significant. A common misconception of Lean philosophy is that it only finds application in manufacturing settings. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Six Sigma and the Logistician.

Lean versus EOQ? What’s best for your organization?

Kinaxis

In no time at all we were debating between lean versus EOQ. It doesn’t matter if you’re a technician working on the shop floor or an executive in the board room, if you’re in the business of manufacturing then this is a conversation you’ve had before. EOQ attempts to optimize lot size by balancing manufacturing cost ( Fixed + variable costs) with things like inventory holding costs and capacity utilization. You’ve ‘gone lean’ but aren’t! The post Lean versus EOQ?

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Lean Principles and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

Logility

Many companies have high hopes when they set out to establish a Lean operating environment. A growing body of knowledge and experience indicates that advanced Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) may be the key ingredient for Lean success. Lean applied to supply chain operations is all about creating capabilities that efficiently move materials from raw through finished product, and then to the customer.

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Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment

synchrono

Lean Manufacturing relies heavily on trusted relationships with suppliers and pre-negotiated terms of engagement. Through the use of supplier quality certifications and blanket (long-term) purchase orders, a manufacturer can accurately and effectively calculate the optimal level of inventory needed to fulfill demand requirements through the duration of replenishment lead time. Pull Manufacturing with Kanban.

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Climate Change will Drive Manufacturing Innovation

QAD

Manufacturing isn’t exempt from this pressure. The manufacturing industry has adopted “Lean” techniques enthusiastically. Lean is about driving out waste from every aspect of manufacturing. Climate-driven Manufacturing Innovation.

Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints

synchrono

As a project manager for demand-driven, lean manufacturing software, I have more than a nodding acquaintance with the theory of constraints (TOC). What I find quite remarkable is the ability to apply the theory of constraints to other mediums beyond the manufacturing of goods – even something like project work. If you want to learn more about how constraints management works in manufacturing, definitely check out my fellow blogger, Rick Denison.

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Leaning Towards S&OP/ IBP

Logility

Many companies have high hopes when they set out to implement a Lean improvement program. A growing body of knowledge and experience indicates that Integrated Business Planning (IBP) may be the key ingredient for lean success. Lean is all about creating a physical environment that enables material to flow efficiently from raw through finished product to the customer. The perfect enabler for Lean success is called Integrated Business Planning.

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Are Lean Manufacturing and Just-in-Time Manufacturing the Same?

RFgen

Key Takeaways: Just in Time Manufacturing was designed to improve the manufacturing and the supply chain processes. Lean manufacturing emphasizes customer desires. A strong tracking solution for materials and assets is the cornerstone to JIT and lean manufacturing. When it comes to producing product, manufacturers have many options for the methodologies they adopt. Manufacturing

Introducing Lean In Retail … Start in the Backroom!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out 10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program! I decided that I would introduce Lean process improvement techniques to this company. I came from a Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Chain background so I spent a career surrounded by the application of Lean methodologies.

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Lean Manufacturing Systems: How Mobility Empowers the New “Lean”

Cerasis

The use of lean manufacturing systems has become commonplace in modern manufacturing. Lean manufacturing refers to eliminating waste, reducing costs, and improving production with finite resources. As a result, many manufacturers have deployed extensive process review and analysis programs to move towards a higher level of lean manufacturing. Yet, mobility is poised to make the most dramatic impact on the concept and use of lean production.

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Top 10 2020 Manufacturing Trends

IQMS

Bottom Line: 2020 manufacturing trends are driven by manufacturers’ strong confidence in their ability to deliver high-quality products that earn repeat orders while delivering excellent customer experiences. Running Lean While Focusing On Keeping Margins Strong.

Applying Lean 6 Sigma Principles to the Supply Chain

Logility

Fifteen years ago, I worked for a company that embraced Lean 6 Sigma as a core operating fundamental. Just about every member of the management team was a Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt and many had attained a level of Master Black Belt. As Director of Logistics and Planning, part of my responsibilities were to manage our relationships with outsourced manufacturing partners including quality. Today, Lean is a concept, a philosophy, a practice and a set of tools all wrapped in one.

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FAQ: Is Demand-Driven Manufacturing the Same Thing as Lean?

synchrono

Many of our customers don’t start out looking to implement Demand-Driven Manufacturing per se. Often, they’re focused on Lean Manufacturing or at least some element of it. However, at some point in the conversation, they will inevitably ask, “Is Demand-Driven Manufacturing the same thing as Lean Manufacturing?”. Demand-Driven Manufacturing isn’t synonymous with Lean or other related initiatives such as Theory of Constraints.

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Mining Lean in the 4.0 Era

DELMIA Quintiq

Event Manufacturing Mining industry 4.0 Lean manufacturing mining

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Lean Six Sigma Training

LeanCor

Lean Six Sigma Training focuses on the improvement of the quality of numerous process outputs. It also helps minimize variability in business processes and manufacturing. Lean Six Sigma Training also helps instill a very lean problem solving culture. At the same time, its curriculum emphasizes lean supply chain, problem solving and lean leadership. Lean Six Stigma Training utilizes a hands-on approach. A Unique Training Regimen.

Lean in the Back Office … Why is it so difficult?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out 10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program! Implementing a Lean program on the Manufacturing floor, in a Warehouse operation, or in a Distribution Centre is challenging enough. In one company I was a part of no one knew what Lean was. Subscribe Here!

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When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance

ToolsGroup

I learned about “lean manufacturing” (or simply “lean”) back in the 1990s when I met James Womack and read his book “ The Machine that Changed the World ”. Based on MIT's five-year, fourteen-country study – one of the largest and most thorough ever undertaken -- the book describes the entire managerial system of lean production. In the last twenty plus years “lean thinking” has fundamentally changed the way many companies, and sometimes whole industries, operate.

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AGCO: Driving a Digital Manufacturing Transformation

Supply Chain Shaman

When her employees kept breaking their tablets on the production floor, Peggy used lean-production thought processes to innovate for new answers. While many employers would have penalized the employees for tablet breakage , Peggy explored the world of wearables to enable her digital manufacturing transformation. AGCO’s culture of innovation policy deployment enabled employees to pioneer a technology solution for manufacturing. Improvement in Digital Manufacturing.

Fast Results Using TOC for Demand-Driven Manufacturing – Part Two

synchrono

Manufacturers use constraints management first to gain the most demand-driven change. We discussed that continuous improvement tools such as TOC, Lean and Six Sigma work like “sandpaper” on an organization’s processes, smoothing various stages of their demand-driven journey. Before discussing the other tools (which I’ll address in future articles), I wanted to share how the TOC principles we discussed last time have brought real results to two manufacturers.

Lean Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

By implementing a lean supply chain management strategy, small and large companies can get their finished goods to the right destination on time, while they also save money. Today, the supply chain industry has another approach that can be used to improve these processes, and it is known as the lean supply chain management method. Listed below is a brief overview of what is involved in implementing the lean supply chain management approach.

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Applying Lean Principles to Supply Chain Planning

Logility

Today, Lean is a concept, a philosophy, a practice, and a set of tools all wrapped in one. For more than 50 years, organizations have invested time and money adopting the principles of Lean (while originated at Toyota Corporation for manufacturing operations, the principles of Lean have since spread to many types of businesses and functional areas). The two primary principles of Lean, Just in Time and Jidoka, are referred to as the pillars of the lean philosophy.

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Manufacturing ERP Plays a Key Role for Sustainability

QAD

While consumer products manufacturers previously led the way for sustainable manufacturing practices, a growing number of manufacturers in other sectors are treating sustainability as an important operational objective to increase global competitiveness. The Sustainability Movement in Business and Manufacturing. Many manufacturers now publish separate sustainability reports or incorporate the information in their annual report including Nexteer, Tesla, Ball Corp.,